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This online quiz does not provide a diagnosis of OCD.
The OCD test is a screening tool to help you identify whether you do have OCD symptoms as well as identifying the severity of your symptoms. However, only a trained medical or mental health professional can give you a formal OCD diagnosis.
Even if your OCD symptoms are mild, getting treatment sooner than later can help prevent symptoms from worsening.
And, if your screening results indicate no presence of OCD, you may still benefit from an assessment with a therapist to rule out related mental health concerns and cope with general anxiety or stress.
This is an OCD test for adults and is not intended to screen for OCD in children. However, OCD can start at any age from preschool to adulthood. If you suspect that your child or teen is displaying signs and symptoms of OCD, you can have them screened by a child therapist. There are other conditions that can be confused with OCD. It’s important to get a thorough screening for your child/teen so you can begin effective interventions.
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What is OCD?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by high anxiety provoking obsessive thoughts combined with an urge to do something to get rid of them.
Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive (can’t get it out of your head) thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again, feel outside your control and cause distress or anxiety.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that are used to “get rid of”, neutralize or counteract obsessions, and escape or reduce anxiety. Compulsive behaviors may include hand washing, checking, counting, cleaning, repeating, or ordering/arranging. Mentally reviewing events repeatedly to prevent harm is an example of a mental compulsion.
These examples are ways to you might feel compelled to get rid of the anxious thoughts. Unfortunately they only provide temporary relief.
Though not all forms of OCD have obvious compulsive behaviors. The OCD test can help you recognize if the anxiety you are experiencing is related to OCD.
OCD can occur alongside mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Or be specific symptoms of eating disorders or body dysmorphia. It can be helpful to take other mental health screenings to help you get a clear picture.
If you are diagnosed with OCD, know that you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 100 adults have OCD and 1 in 200 children and teens have OCD.
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Effective Treatments for OCD are Available
If your test results indicate that you do have OCD symptoms, especially if the severity is medium to severe, we strongly recommend you make an appointment with a mental health professional for diagnosis and OCD treatment.
There are several effective treatment approaches for OCD. Bring a copy of your results from the OCD test to your first appointment.
The unwanted thoughts and behaviors you might be experiencing can be overwhelming and you might not know what can be done to alleviate your symptoms. However, OCD is manageable.
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
In some cases, OCD symptoms may arise after giving birth to a baby and can develop into postpartum OCD. Postpartum OCD is characterized by upsetting, intrusive, repetitive thoughts or images specific to your baby along with compulsions to ease the anxiety.
The thoughts and images can be especially frightening and is commonly overlooked by health care professionals. Typically, these OCD symptoms are something never experienced before.
If you have recently had a baby and are having scary thoughts, reach out to one of our Perinatal Mental Health Therapists for help. Postpartum OCD is temporary and treatable.
Adapted from Goodman, W.K., Price, L.H., Rasmussen, S.A. et al.: “The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale.” Arch Gen Psychiatry 46:1006-1011,1989